[SOLVED] How to disable/block updates permenantly.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by ~Q~, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. ~Q~

    ~Q~ MDL Novice

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    As per the title, can anyone point me in the right direction for completely crippling windows updates in 7.


    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DARKOR04

    DARKOR04 MDL Tester/Developer

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    #2 DARKOR04, Dec 17, 2010
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    If you want to ignore just one update in specific just right click on it when notification popups select it and chose Hide, or you can disable Updates> Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Updates > Change Settings and select Never check for updates... that's it..
     
  3. ~Q~

    ~Q~ MDL Novice

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    Sorry i should have made it clear...

    I am aware of how to set windows to not update but what i am looking for is a way to completely disable it, so you couldn't update if you wanted to.

    I'm thinking it should be a simple registry edit to achieve it but can't figure it out myself.
    (and google is not very helpful)
     
  4. windsman

    windsman MDL Expert

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    by registry :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/Explorer

    Create a new DWORD value :

    NoWindowsUpdate

    Set it to 1.

    windsman.
     
  5. ~Q~

    ~Q~ MDL Novice

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    Hey lostED thanks for the services tip, however i would rather do it via a reg' edit so it is harder to reverse.


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    Windsman, when i try to navigate to...

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/Explorer


    i can only get to either

    */CurrentVersion/Policies

    or

    */CurrentVersion/explorer



    Can you clarify which i need to be in or where i am going wrong?



    Thanks for the replies.
     
  6. Computer Fixer

    Computer Fixer MDL Member

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    You can also enable "remove access to all Windows update features" via the group policy editor under: Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update/.

    Most casual users don't know what the Group Policy Editor is to begin with and wouldn't be able to find the policy restriction from there hopefully...
     
  7. windsman

    windsman MDL Expert

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    See Screenshot, just added the DWORD Value.
    regedit.JPG
     
  8. ~Q~

    ~Q~ MDL Novice

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    #9 ~Q~, Dec 18, 2010
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    I'm not sure what im doing wrong but i dont seem to be able to expand the file tree the same way you can, this is what i see......

    picturepush.com/public/4702615


    @ computer fixer

    Thanks mate, that is officially my plan B if i don't get this registry fix sorted.
     
  9. windsman

    windsman MDL Expert

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    #10 windsman, Dec 18, 2010
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    it's strange!!!

    windsman.
     
  10. ~Q~

    ~Q~ MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the help windsman.

    Does anyone know why i might have a different file tree in the registry?

    Im on Win 7 Ult' x86 (system is x64 capable if that matters)
     
  11. triggat

    triggat MDL Member

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    Can you post a shot/pic of your tree.
     
  12. ~Q~

    ~Q~ MDL Novice

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    picturepush.com/public/4702615
     
  13. triggat

    triggat MDL Member

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    #14 triggat, Dec 18, 2010
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    I checked a 64 Bit system and it looks exactly as your tree, and I also checked a 32 Bit (or x86) system and it looked exactly as windsman's. So I believe I has to do with type Windows system you are currently running. But from your tree you should still be able to impliment the instructions given to you by windsman. Just add the dword value he told you to use.
     
  14. ~Q~

    ~Q~ MDL Novice

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    Thanks Triggat.

    I assumed as im running 32bit OS everything would be the same.

    Do you know Which file do i add the DWORD to?
     
  15. windsman

    windsman MDL Expert

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    First, i'm running a 64 bit OS, and the reason of many key in the policies is my registry is tweaked.

    To answer to your question, i think you have to right click on the policies key and choose new key, then call it explorer, and add the NoWindowsUpdate key on the right pane.

    windsman.
     
  16. ~Q~

    ~Q~ MDL Novice

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    Thanks windsman, and Cheers for all the replies folks.


    Just one more quick question....

    I assume now that has been added to the reg' that any user no matter what is unable to update without editing the reg' again? and does that include "automatic updates"
     
  17. windsman

    windsman MDL Expert

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    For be sure canouna get the answer, disable the service, and for no worries, go to the security center alert and disable notification for Windows Update.

    windsman.
     
  18. ~Q~

    ~Q~ MDL Novice

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    I have actually done it via services and through the group policy aswell as the reg' edit (slight overkill but...)